For *those that have just lost their keys *those that are well-versed *inebriated ones *wanderers *mermaids *those that belong elsewhere *whippersnappers *marvelous ones *those that are not included in this classification *those that flutter because the moment is fleeting *boundless ones *those colored with slippery fingerpaint *others *those that resemble someone I know from a distance

Monday, March 31, 2008

I am so white

The Stuff White People Like items that painfully apply to me.

Religions their parents don't belong to
Organic Food
Making you feel bad for not going outside
Wes Anderson Movies
Having Black Friends
Gifted Children
Hating Their Parents
Not Having a TV
80's Night
Breakfast Places
Apple Products
Indie Music
Whole Foods and Grocery Co-ops
Living by the Water
Sarah Silverman
Natural Medicine
Toyota Prius
Michel Gondry
Mos Def
Difficult Break-ups
Modern Furniture
Graduate School (Actually, I have come to loath graduate school, which is, well, ironic, considering that I am in my third graduate program and am a graduate program coordinator. Whatevs)
Hating Corporations
Having Gay Friends

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Yummy brain food

My friend David lent me the book What is Your Dangerous Idea? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable. Below are some of the yummier nuggets of brain candy.

* "In a very real sense, then, virtually all organisms, including humans, are sunlight transmogrified, temporary waypoints in the flow of energy." ~Scott D. Sampson

* "Brains cannot become minds without bodies....Perhaps thought and feeling are only possible because the brain interacts with its body and listens to the things it tells it. And perhaps much of how the brain understands the world is only possible because of the brain's experience of controlling a body....We may build computers that understand language but cannot say anything meaningful, at least until we can give them 'extended tactile experiences.' To put it another way, computers may not be able to make sense until they can have sex." ~Alun Anderson

* "Our brains may never be well enough equipped to understand the universe, and we are fooling ourselves if we think they will. Why should we expect to be able eventually to understand how the universe originated, evolved, and operates? While human brains are complex and capable of many amazing things, there is not necessarily any match between the complexity of the universe and the complexity of our brains, any more than a dog's brain is capable of understanding every detail of the world of cats and bones, or the dynamics of stick trajectories when thrown. Dogs get by and so do we, but do we have a right to expect that the harder we puzzle over these things the nearer we will get to the truth?" ~Karl Sabbagh

* "Relativity makes it clear that asking, 'What is happening right now on Andromeda?' is complete nonsense. There is no 'right now' elsewhere in the universe; nevertheless, we keep thinking of the universe as if there were an immense clock ticking away the instants, and we have a lot of difficulty adapting to the idea that a phrase like 'the present state of the universe right now' is physical nonsense." ~Carlo Rovelli

* "The self that is the particular, networked set of connections of matter compromising our mortal bodies will one day die, of course. But the self that is the sum of each separate individual condensate in us of energy-turned-matter is already ancient and will live forever. Each fundamental particle may one day return to energy or from there revert back to matter. But in one form or another, it will not cease. In this sense, we and all around us are eternal, immortal, and profoundly connected." ~Carolyn C. Porco

* "Nothing can be more dangerous than nothing. Humanity has always been uncomfortable with zero and the void....But the emptiness is all around us. Most of the universe is void. Even as we huddle are our hearths and invent stories to convince ourselves that the cosmos is warm and full and inviting, nothingness stares back at us with empty eye sockets." ~Charles Seife

* And then there is this one, which I cannot adequately summarize, but is full of delicious yumminess.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What I'm doing at work

I'm a little obsessed with Jango right now. Also, CocoRosie.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Damn, this entry was hard to punctuate.

When asked at a job interview, "Are you more of a follower or a leader?" would it be inappropriate to answer, "I reject your useless fucking dichotomies!" And perhaps sweep everything off the table and do a little interpretive dance? Because that is what I want to do most of the time.

I think it might be time to cycle back around to "Buddhist Nun" on Wendy's Big Wheel of What the Fuck Should I Do with My Life?


Friday, March 14, 2008

I'll be dead by December 2050



Myspace Stuff


Monday, March 03, 2008

Sounds like a RoBot making Love To a Tree

In case you haven't seen Aaron Behrens from Ghostland Observatory dance before, you should check it out. As my friend Laura said, he has this shaman-Jim Morrison-Iggy Pop-Mick Jagger-Prince thing happening where he PHYSICALLY BECOMES the music. Mreow. Even a sprained ankle couldn't keep me from dancing at their show on Friday.